Start a Club, looking to start a club? Follow these steps:

Start a Club

Recognized student clubs enjoy benefits like: use of campus spaces, the freedom to promote their club and events on campus, and the opportunity to apply for ASI funding (subject to availability and eligibility).

To start a club...

Step 1: Check for club availability.

Use the Find a Club search to make sure that no other club exists with a similar purpose.

Step 2: Recruit 5 members and an advisor.

  • Find five currently enrolled Cal Poly students who would like to be a part of the club.
  • Find a Cal Poly State University employee who would be willing to serve as the club's advisor.
    Tip: Find the contact information for faculty and staff on your Cal Poly Portal, "Home" tab, "Simple Search."

Step 3: Complete and Submit the Petition and Bylaws

Cal Poly will accept petition and bylaw submissions during the following dates: 

Petition Timeline 2019-2020

Quarter first day to submit last day to submit RSO Petition Committee Date
Fall 2019 Thursday, September 19, 2019 Friday, October 18, 2019 Monday, December 9, 2019
Winter 2020 Monday, January 6, 2020 Friday, January 31, 2020 Monday, March 16, 2020
Spring 2020 Monday, March 30, 2020 Friday, April 24, 2020 Monday, June 8, 2020

Petitions and bylaws must be submitted on or prior to the last day to submit for consideration during that quarter. Submission timelines allow the Dean of Students Office to investigate petitions and bylaws prior to an evaluation by the Recognized Student Organization (RSO) Petition Committee on the last week of each quarter.

Complete the Training

If the committee determines your Petition for University Recognition and bylaws are in order, you will receive an email notification to have your president, treasurer, and advisor complete the training.

Submit your Charter

Once all required officers/advisors have completed the training, ASI Club Services will be notified and a Club Charter will be emailed to the incoming club president within 5-7 business days with instructions on how to complete the chartering process. Wet signatures (hand-signed, no scans) are required before submitting to ASI Club Services.

For additional step-by-step instructions on what is involved in starting a new Cal Poly club, see the Cal Poly RSO Handbook

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